The consultants of MSL implemented this ADB TA to support the Government’s efforts to deepen the reforms in Public Financial Management and, by strengthening the Medium-Term Fiscal Framework (MTFF) and Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) processes, allowed it to respond to the challenge of aligning public expenditure policies with the pro-poor priorities set out in its National Socio- Economic Development Plan.
The consultants made a capability assessment of relevant Government staff, extensive capacity building exercises, and established skills indicators, and to track progress throughout the TA, software and database development for various relevant Government bodies to ensure more efficient data transmission, sharing and management. Over time, the consultants instilled an understanding and awareness of international best practices in budgeting, reporting and monitoring, macroeconomics, public finance and change management among the relevant staff of the government at central and provincial levels.
A web-based budget submission was also initiated: this initiative enabled the budget user to provide budget submission via a web portal. Work on the web-based submission focused on two aspects – content management and MTEF form management.
Timeframe: September 2008 - May 2011
Realated Countries: Laos
Categories: PFM and Financial Management and Audit and Accounting, Capacity Building and Management Reform and Human Resources Management